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n e w c h u r c h l i f e : m ay / j u n e 2 0 1 8 Spirit of truth that the Lord Himself promised, and that they reveal the deeper meaning and implications of all that He taught in a way that actually constitutes His Second Coming – not indeed in a body of flesh (since what He did once most perfectly He did not need to do again), but in a body of teaching that provides all the new help, comfort and consolation that the world needs to see how natural life can serve the spiritual and minister to it. Volume after volume was written, 25 big books in Latin (35 now in English), providentially just as the printing press was taking off, making publication relatively cheap and accessible around the world. And all sorts of very profound concepts were explained so that even today many of our modern branches of psychology are grafted on the roots of what was revealed through this man. Here we have a detailed exposition of the true nature of God, the symbolism of the whole Bible, the cause and means of creation, the laws of providence, the interaction of the soul and body, the real nature of heaven and hell, the spiritual principles and eternal purpose of marriage and much more all plainly set forth in a rigorously logical manner for all to see – if only we have eyes to see. So in Revelation (1:7) we read: “Behold He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, and they who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him.” The clouds here represent the truths of the literal sense of the Word within which, and through which the deeper truths of the spiritual sense shine forth like beautiful rays of glorious sunshine despite the dark, foreboding character of so much that is written in the Word. “Every eye [that] will see Him” is the understanding of everyone who looks and reads, or otherwise appreciates the truth of what has been written. “They who pierced Him” are those who reject Him, but still they can see, and they will reject what they see if they don’t like it. And finally, “the tribes of the earth that will mourn,” are the members of the Christian Church generally who have so embraced the fallacies of a literal or dysfunctional interpretation of the Word that they honestly feel sorry for us and grieve that we can be so misled by these new teachings. But now, what are we who see the Spirit of truth in this new revelation actually to do with it? How are we to use it so that we can get the full benefit of it? But now, what are we who see the Spirit of truth in this new revelation actually to do with it? How are we to use it so that we can get the full benefit of it? 202